Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move in a lively, capering manner; prance.
  • n. A lively, capering manner of moving or walking; a prance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a caper
  • v. To prance or frolic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To behave or move in a lively or restless manner, as an impatient horse; to caper; to prance; to frisk.
  • n. The act of tittuping; lively, gay, or restless behavior or gait; a prance or caper.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To act or go in a gay, lively, or impatient manner; spring; prance; skip.
  • n. A lively or gay movement or gait; a prancing or springing about; a canter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to walk with a lofty proud gait, often in an attempt to impress others

Etymologies

Perhaps imitative of the sound of a horse's hooves.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably imitative. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The torrent of knocks roared louder, slightly failed upon the ear, made a crescendo, emulated Niagara, surpassed that very American effort of nature, wavered, faltered to Lodore, died away to a feeble tittup like water dropping from a tap to flagstones, rose again in a final spurt that would have made Southey open his dictionary for adjectives, and drained away to death.

    The Prophet of Berkeley Square

  • Now and again three donkeys would start, urged from behind, and slowly tittup their burdens along the pond’s margin.

    The White Monkey

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  • "in my head was that other potent place, conjured up by the smell of dung and paraffin, the felt-shod tittuping sound of a donkery's hooves, kites floating in a Wedgwood blue skay, the baroque gaiety of Arabic script".

    Penelope Lively, "Moon Tiger".

    January 13, 2010